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Joanna Fawzy Morales, Esq.


Triage Cancer

Joanna Fawzy Morales, Esq., is a cancer rights attorney, author, speaker, and chief executive officer of Triage Cancer. Triage Cancer is a national, nonprofit organization that provides free education on practical and legal issues that affect cancer patients and their caregivers. 

Ms. Morales has spent nearly 30 years working on behalf of people with cancer. She has taught a seminar in cancer rights law as an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School. She worked 8 years at the John Wayne Cancer Institute’s Psychosocial Care Program and Positive Appearance Center. She has also taught a community advocacy clinic as an adjunct professor of law at Wayne State University Law School.

Ms. Morales co-authored the book, Cancer Rights Law, for the American Bar Association – the first and only book of its kind. 

In 2020, she wrote a chapter called “Cancer-Related Legal Issues” for the Oncology Nursing Society’s book, Oncology Nurse Navigation: Delivering Patient-Centered Care Across the Continuum.

In 2017, she wrote “Preventing or Minimizing Financial Toxicity Across the Continuum of Cancer Care,” a chapter for the Oncology Nursing Society’s book Cancer Survivorship: Transdisciplinary, Patient-Centered Approaches to the Season of Survival

In 2009, she also contributed to a book entitled Work and Cancer Survivors

Her work has appeared in Psycho-Oncology, Heal, Cure, Coping with Cancer, Women, and Ability Magazine.

Ms. Morales has presented nearly 1,000 educational seminars on employment, insurance, health care, and advocacy issues for individuals diagnosed with cancer, caregivers, health care professionals, advocates, lawyers, employers, and the general public.

Ms. Morales has received several awards and recognition for her service to the cancer community and her work in legislative advocacy. These include the 2009 Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Public Policy Advocate of the Year and the 2015 Legacy Advocate Award from Stupid Cancer.

In 2010, she was recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the Top 20 Attorneys in California Under the Age of 40. Ms. Morales earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science with an emphasis in international relations from the University of California Los Angeles and a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School Los Angeles.

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Caregivers of Children with Cancer: Know Your Rights

by Joanna Fawzy Morales, Esq. December 8, 2022

When your child has cancer, your legal rights as a caregiver probably are not the first thing on your mind. But knowing those rights may help you keep your job, income, and benefits.

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